Fox and AMC Theatres offer free screenings of ‘Hidden Figures’
In celebration of Black History Month, 21st Century Fox and AMC Theatres are joining forces to provide free screenings of Best Picture Oscar nominee Hidden Figures in communities across the country.
Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, the film tells the “untold” story of three African-American female NASA mathematicians during the space race of the 1960s. The drama has earned $134 million at the domestic box office.
The free screenings, which will be held at AMC theatres on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. in 14 U.S. cities, are intended to build broader awareness of the true story on which the film is based. 21st Century Fox and AMC Theatres are also inviting school and community groups and nonprofit organizations to apply for additional special screenings to be held in their towns. Groups can apply at http://21.cf/HiddenFigures for consideration. The application deadline is Feb. 28, 2017 and winners will be notified in March 2017.
“As we celebrate Black History Month and look ahead to Women’s History Month in March, this story of empowerment and perseverance is more relevant than ever. We at 21CF were inspired by the grassroots movement to bring this film to audiences that wouldn’t otherwise be able to see it—audiences that might include future innovators and barrier-breakers—and we wanted to support and extend that movement,” said Liba Rubenstein, 21st Century Fox’s senior VP of social impact.
“The storytelling and message that Hidden Figures carries is endearing and inspiring, and based on the remarkable community support this movie has received, we have witnessed first-hand the powerful impact it is having on audiences,” said Elizabeth Frank, executive VP and chief content and programming officer at AMC. “We’re honored to partner with Fox to help further the reach of this message to moviegoers across the country.”
The free screenings will be held in the following cities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; The Bronx, NY; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA; Oakland, CA; St. Louis, MO; Miami, FL; and Washington, DC. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and can be reserved at www.amctheatres.com/hidden-figures-group.
21st Century Fox also recently completed “The Search for Hidden Figures” contest to discover the next generation of female leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). More than $200,000 in scholarships and awards were distributed. More information on the contest is available at www.searchforhiddenfigures.com.